What organizers call a first-of-its-kind residency program for registered nurses in Rhode Island is about to graduate its first class of 19. Director of Workforce Development at Care New England, Michael Paruta, says about two-thirds have already been offered full time jobs – sooner than expected.
“To me it was surprising because they hadn’t yet completed their residency, number one," said Paruta. "And number two, we had heard that employers were really wanting to see people had experience.”
The “Passport to Practice” program was designed to help unemployed nurses or those just out of school gain on-the-job experience. Paruta says the nursing labor market is still slow in Rhode Island, but arming nurses with practical experience makes them much more marketable.